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This month marks 100 years since Charles Atlas was born. In his honor, here are some stories about strongmen.

The Story of Charles Atlas, Strong Man by Meghan McCarthy
Although he grew into a giant amongst men with awe-inspiring strength and power, Charles Atlas started out as a weakling who was bullied by the neighborhood kids, yet with a fitness regime and good eating habits, Atlas successfully transformed himself into “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man.”

The Great Antonio by Elsie Gravel
What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse! He once wrestled a bear. He could devour twenty-five roasted chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who had muscles as big as his heart.

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow became the strongest man on earth by Don Tate
Introduces the life of Eugen Sandow, including his sickly childhood in Prussia, his defeat of strongmen Sampson and Cyclops, and his founding of the Great Competition in 1901.

New picture books about interesting women

Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Traces the story of dancer-turned-magician’s assistant Adelaide Herrmann, placing her achievements against a backdrop of period conventions about women in the arts and her determination to continue her work after the death of her husband.

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Follows suffragettes Nell Richardson and Alice Burke’s cross-country journey to campaign for women’s right to vote.

Caroline’s Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully
Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to be paid as a scientist.

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaële Frier; illustrated by Aurélia Fronty.
Describes how a young Pakistani activist was violently targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to secure educational rights for girls.

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy; illustrated by C.F. Payne
Details the life and accomplishments of Mary Garber, the first woman to win the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award and to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Sportcasters and Sportswriters Association.

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote by Dean Robbins; illustrated by Nancy Zhang
A picture book introduction to the achievements and legacy of indefatigable suffragette Alice Paul describes how she launched campaigns, organized protests and met with President Woodrow Wilson to secure voting rights for women.

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang; illustrated by Jordi Solano
This picture book biography follows the life of Eugenie Clark, the Japanese-American scientist, researcher, and diver, who became famous as “The Shark Lady” for her groundbreaking discoveries about shark behavior.

On your marks, get set, go!

Are you planning to follow the Iditarod in your classroom?  Did you know that there is a whole Iditarod education web page?  It includes lesson plans for teachers and fun materials like coloring pages for students.

Are you looking for some stories about mushers and sled dogs?  The Iditarod education page includes recommended books about the Iditarod and Alaska.  Debbie Reese, blogging at American Indians in Children’s Literature, recently recommended a series of picture books about an Inuit boy named Jake and his puppy, Kamik.

Kamik’s First Sled adapted from the memories of Matilda Sulurayok, illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake’s puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn’t becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy into a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together. But Jake and Kamik are still inexperienced, and when a blizzard starts blowing in across the tundra, Jake has to rely on his knowledge to get home. Inspired by the life memories of the author, an Inuit elder, this book lovingly presents basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try.

Kamik Joins the Pack adapted from the memories of Darryl Baker; illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake cannot wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming! Jake’s uncle is a great musher, who has won many dogsledding races, and if Kamik is good enough Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!

Ted Williams, record-setting hitter

No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season by Fred Bowen; illustrations by Charles S. Pyle
Ted Williams hit .406 for the season in 1941–a feat not matched since. In this inspirational picture book, authentic sports writing and rich, classic illustrations bring to life the truly spectacular story of the Red Sox legend, whose hard work and perseverance make him the perfect role model for baseball enthusiasts of all ages.

Ted & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
When Stosh travels back in time to 1941 in hopes of preventing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II, he meets Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Includes notes about Williams‘ life and career.

There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares
Ted Williams, the legendary Red Sox slugger, lived a life full of dedication and passion. From his days as a young kid playing ball in North Park to his unmatched .406 season in 1941 to his stints as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, the story of Teddy Ballgame is the story of an American hero.”–P. 2 of cover.

The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41 by Phil Bildner; illustrated by S. D. Schindler
Tells the story of baseball greatest heroes Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams and how during the summer of 1941 they each set records that still stand.

Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas that Transformed Sports by Simon Shapiro
Ted Williams and the art of swing speed” is just one of the topics in a book that also covers pole vaulting, cycling, and bungy jumping.

Family Olympics! – ¡Olimpiada familiar!


Date: 8/22/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Enjoy activities for the whole family inspired by the Olympic Games in this bilingual (English and Spanish) program as part of our “Noche de la familia” series!

Disfrute de actividades para toda la familia inspirado por los Juegos Olímpicos en este programa bilingüe (inglés y español) que es parte de nuestra serie “Noche de la familia.”

Location: Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room A

All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto. No hay ningún registro requerido.

Science in Sports

Thursday, June 30
2:00-2:45 PM

Scientist Steve Belliveau makes learning fun! He’s been seen flying across the room in a hovercraft, electrifying an audience member with static electricity, and inspiring kids of all ages to get involved in science! Come see his show of dramatic demonstrations, easy to see equipment, humor, and audience participation.

Offsite at the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Picture Book Biographies: Sports

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith, Jr.; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Art and poetry combine to tell the story of boxer Jack Johnson, who became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion in the early part of the twentieth century.

Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe by Crystal Hubbard; illustrated by Kevin Belford
“A biography of African American tennis champion Arthur Ashe, a pioneering minority athlete known for his character, sportsmanship, and activism in social causes such as civil rights and HIV/AIDS awareness. Includes an afterword, author’s note, and photographs”–Provided by publisher.

Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares
Follow Hank Aaron from his boyhood watching Jackie Robinson to the early days of his professional career when he shares the field with his hero (You might recognize the name Matt Tavares from the other excellent baseball books he’s written and illustrated).

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby: The Story of Jimmy Winkfield by Crystal Hubbard; illustrated by Robert McGuire
“A biography of Jimmy Winkfield, who battled racism and other obstacles on the road to becoming one of horseracing’s best jockeys and, in 1902, the last African American to win the Kentucky Derby“–Provided by publisher.

A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt De La Pẽna; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
I grew up near the Joe Louis Arena, where there’s a glove in a glass case with the label “the glove that punched out Nazi Germany.”  This book (by the new Newbery Award winner Matt De La Pẽna) introduces the story of Joe Louis and the famous fight when he represented America against the German Max Schmeling.  This book has also been made into a DVD.

Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World’s Greatest Jockeys by Patsi B. Trollinger; paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue
See how one offer to ride a horse changed Isaac Murphy’s life and gave him the chance to become one of the greatest jockeys of all time.

Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson by Karen Deans; illustrated by Elbrite Brown
Growing up in Harlem, Althea Gibson was heading down the wrong path until she found her calling. She went on to become the first African American woman to be ranked as the number one woman tennis player in the world.

Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing‘s African-American Champion by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Eric A. Velasquez
A biography of Wendell O. Scott, who made history as the only African American driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division.

Satchel Paige: Don’t Look Back by David A. Adler; illustrated by Terry Widener
Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball.  Take a look at his life and his struggle to be accepted into major league baseball.

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Don Tate
So if she’s not a professional athlete, why was she was the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?  Take a look at her role as a team founder and advocate for African American baseball players.

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!  by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Terry Widener
A visual profile of the record-setting baseball star traces his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants.

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